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I am a sophomore at Brandeis University working towards a combined B.A./M.A. in mathematics and a B.S. in physics. I specialize in mathematics as it is my favorite subject to both learn about and to teach others. I have worked with students who I knew well and student that I did not know prior to tutoring them in the past two years in order to help them better understand subjects they struggled with from algebra to calculus. What I enjoy most about tutoring and what motivates to help other students is being able to emphasize the interesting aspects of the subject to counteract the common social stigma that math is boring and inapplicable to many, so that more people having a working understanding and appreciation for the subject. My teaching style is based around first explaining where the relevant topics come from as sufficiently as possible, how and why certain techniques work, and applying all of this to specific examples of varying difficulty. I emphasize gaining an understanding as to why skills and techniques work and how they are useful. This emphasis makes it easier for students to tackle novel problems and retain their knowledge.
For physics I tutor in basic physics, the SAT subject test in physics, and AP Physics 1,2& C. For mathematics, I tutor in elementary mathematics, Algebra 1,2,3,4, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, Calculus 1,2,3 and AP Calculus AB/BC, Multivariable Calculus, SAT math and both SAT math subject tests. Of these subjects, my favorite to tutor are any of the calculus courses since that is my favorite area of mathematics and I find it rewarding to share that interest with others. In my spare time, I enjoy going on walks, socializing with my friends, and reading books.

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Thomas’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Brandeis University - Current Undergrad, Mathematics, Physics

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1470

SAT Math: 800


Going for walks, studying, socializing, reading.

Q & A

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

In order to test a student's understanding of the material, I would frequently ask them conceptual questions and then review with practice questions. This is to make sure they understand both the concepts and how to apply them.

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